Casinos are suing the state over a law that creates a tax that would not be
applied to all casinos. The law states that a levy of 3% would be put towards
any casino with annual gross receipts totaling $200 million and over. The four
casinos in Joliet, Aurora, and Elgin, would have the new tax applied to them.
Five Downstate casinos would not.
The case was brought by Hollywood Casino in Aurora, Harrah’s Casino Cruises and
Empress Casino Joliet, and the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. The casinos argue
that the law goes against the United State’s Constitution’s “takings” clause.
The Will County Circuit Court dismissed the case originally. The Third Illinois
Judicial District Appellate Court recently upheld the discussion. Stating that
it was not proven by the casinos that the tax was arbitrary or unreasonable.
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